Little by Little, a juried exhibition of small artworks, presents a wide variety of art expressed in a size no more than twelve-inches in any dimension. Amazing, beautiful, and impactful small works of art presented in a dedicated exhibition from a more intimate viewpoint that begs for a closer look!
These incredible artworks make wonderful gifts for family, friends, or for you too. If you purchase a piece, we will take it off the wall to take it home with you that day.
Banner images by Brandi Kole, Liz Nicklus, Tamera Poff
To celebrate the art of handcrafted prints, Art Intersection presents Light Sensitive, our eleventh-annual, international juried exhibition of images created using traditional darkroom, historical, and alternative photographic processes and methods.
In the current takeover of imagery presented on computer screens and the overwhelming volume of digitally printed pictures, the purpose of our Light Sensitive exhibition is to celebrate, promote, and reaffirm the art of handcrafted prints that uniquely belong to the tradition of light sensitive creative processes. Each year we search for work representing creativity, passion, and display of the beauty these light sensitive processes bring.
Banner image by Rebecca Zeiss
Awards Special thank you to Brian Taylor for his insightful vision as our juror. Choosing awards in an exhibition of highly amazing works proved to very challenging and much consideration (and pacing through the galleries) was given to all of the darkroom creative art in the galleries. Congratulations to the awardees and everyone juried into Light Sensitive.
First Place – Rebecca Zeiss Second Place – Richard Hricko Third Place – Sara Silks Award of Excellence – Diana Bloomfield Honorable Mentions – Allan Barnes – Matt Connors – Wendy Constantine – Susan Elizabeth de Witt – Elizabeth Davis – Anne Eder – Jeannie Hutchins – Jen Leahy – Maureen Mulhern-White – Emily Penrod – Gerado Stübing – Vaune Trachtman
Juror Art Intersection is honored to have Brian Taylor jury this year’s Light Sensitive exhibition. He is known for his innovative explorations of alternative photographic processes including historic 19th Century printing techniques, mixed media, and hand made books. His work has been exhibited nationally and abroad in numerous solo and group shows and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.
Brian served as the Executive Director of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA for 4 1/2 years, retiring in 2019 to return to his art practice in the studio. He received his B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. from Stanford University, and his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico and served as a Professor of Photography for over 35 years, and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University.
For the ninth exciting year Art Intersection presents Emerge, our annual exhibition featuring photography from student photographers enrolled in Arizona high schools, community colleges, art schools, and universities across the state. Buzzy Sullivan, a local photography-based artist and educator, juried this year’s show.
In this exhibition we offer student photographers an opportunity to show their work in a professional gallery, fulfilling our mission to support emerging photographers. Thank you to all students that submitted their images and congratulations to the students juried into the exhibition. Ninety images will be shown out of over 750 images submitted.
Best of Show: Tyler Dahlstrom, “In Myself, I See My Mother”
Best of High School: Xana Marie, “Leaving Home”
Best of Post High School: John Kalinowski, “Butterfield Landfill”
Honorable Mention: Taylor Peak, “Reprocess #1”
Honorable Mention: Jonathan Rivera, “YMCA”
Honorable Mention: Mary Celaya, “Facade”
Honorable Mention: Kori Branch, “High and Low”
Honorable Mention: Jillian Rae Avery, “Silence is Power”
Honorable Mention: Brooks McAllister, “Red Wall”
Honorable Mention: Joce Marie Dolezal, “PEOAMS”
Honorable Mention: Annika Lagos, “Carnation No. 12”
Honorable Mention: Ema Groff, “Modern Rapunzel”
Honorable Mention: Dani Lama, “Reflections”
Honorable Mention: Travis Samuelson, “The first homicide victim, Georgia Thompson, was found at this apartment complex”
About the Juror
Buzzy Sullivan, a photographer currently based out of Phoenix, Arizona, has exhibited his work throughout the US and internationally. Sullivan grew up in Montana, often known as “The Last Best Place”, and also home to the largest Superfund site in the United States. Montana’s duality of pristine wilderness and toxic remains formed his interest in the human/nature interface.
Sullivan currently works at the Residential Photography Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. He received his Master of Fine Art at Arizona State University in 2017 and a BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2013.
Though I have found myself with a master’s degree and a career teaching photography I must admit – I failed my only high school photography course. It’s not that I wasn’t interested in the medium as a high school student, it was instead I found myself under the guidance of a wildly unimaginative teacher who wouldn’t allow 15 year-olds the latitude to explore their abilities of visual communication. Not to sound too harsh, but my high school teacher presented photography in a way that removed the student’s experience and voice from the making of a picture. She wanted us to photograph various school events, and I wanted to photograph my friends’ skateboarding. I got an F in high school photography, but the lesson that students, no matter their age, have voices has stuck with me. The job of an educator is to pull those voices out and allow latitude for experimentation.
An education in photography isn’t intended to be centered solely on student’s mastery of cameras and printing techniques. Teaching is a subversive activity. We are teaching critical thinking wrapped up in visual communication. To effectively get students to think critically, educators have to bake a bit of experimentation into their curriculum.
This statement brings me to work included in the 2019 Emerge Exhibition. When jurying the work for this show, I aimed to include work that spoke to the strengths of the students reacting to the world around them and to their teachers behind the scenes who are allowing their students to experiment. As every previous year, I am impressed with the caliber and boldness of work by all of the Arizona students who submitted images for this exhibition, and I am grateful for the opportunity to see the world through their perspectives. The future is in good hands. Thank you Art Intersection for all you do to further access to art in Arizona.
– Buzzy Sullivan
Emerge 2019 Online Exhibition
Image credits (left to right): Michael Delp, Kori Branch, Sydney Schubbe
For the eighth exciting year we are proud to present Emerge, our annual exhibition featuring works from student photographers enrolled in Arizona high schools, community colleges, art schools, and universities across the state. Ashley Czajkowski, a local photography-based artist and educator, juried this year’s show.
In this exhibition we offer student photographers an opportunity to show their work in a professional gallery, fulfilling our mission to support early-career photographers. In addition to the exhibition, prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, sponsored by Through Each Other’s Eyes; Best of Post-High School, sponsored by Charlene Stant Engel; and Best of High School, sponsored by Kelly and Dennis Collins.
About the Juror
Ashley Czajkowski, a photography-based artist, works in a number of interdisciplinary methods. Driven by personal experience, her research explores social constructions related to femininity, mortality and the psychological manifestation of the human-animal. Though she considers herself a photographer, Czajkowski also works in video, installation, and alternative print processes, pushing the expected boundaries of the photographic art medium.
One of the most valuable rewards of studying photography is that it enables us to literally, and metaphorically, see the world around us in entirely new ways. In jurying this show, I was struck by the unique visions of these young photographers and artists. Whether this way of seeing revealed quiet moments of light and shadow or elaborately constructed scenes for the camera, the ability to use photography as a tool for exploration and creative expression was continuous throughout.
Though I did not set out to curate a show with a particular theme, a common thread began to reveal itself. Of the photographs I selected, there are many images of humans, of nature, and most curiously, of the boundaries where these two entities meet, overlap and coexist. I found myself responding to images that in some way question our current conditions of being: questions of human nature, our impact on our surroundings, our interactions with each other, and our understanding of ourselves. Almost like archaeologists of our own time, for me these photographs collectively evoke ideas related to the fragility of existence and a sense of wonder in the everyday.
– Ashley Czajkowski
Emerge 2018 Sponsors
Thank you to our generous sponsors who make our “Best of Emerge” awards possible! Our sponsors’ support of student photographers helps us share the unforgettable experience of participating in a professional exhibition, a confidence boost that can vault an emerging photographer to their next level of success.
Best in Show: $250 cash prize Sponsored by Through Each Other’s Eyes
Through Each Other’s Eyes develops exchanges with photographers in other countries for the purpose of documenting photographically a new culture from the viewpoint of an outsider.
Best of High School: $100 cash prize Sponsored by Kelly and Dennis Collins
Kelly and Dennis Collins are local artists, art patrons, and Art Intersection members.
“After quitting school at sixteen, it wasn’t until I returned for my Bachelor of Fine Arts at forty-five that I realized how important the education I had missed was. I hope this small gift is the catalyst and encouragement for a young artist to pursue their education and passion for their art.” – Dennis Collins
Best of Post-High School: $100 cash prize Sponsored by Charlene Stant Engel
Charlene Stant Engel is a local artist, art patron, and Art Intersection member.
“I look forward to the Emerge Show. Every year it is fresh and unexpected. It always makes me smile to see the work of so many intense and talented young artists. To them I say: Let nothing stop you. Keep making Art!” – Charlene Stant Engel
Art Intersection presents the seventh annual Emerge exhibition with works from student photographers enrolled in Arizona high schools, community colleges, art schools, and universities across the state. Clare Benson, a local photographer, interdisciplinary artist and educator, juried this year’s show.
As part of our mission to support emerging artists, we offer student photographers an opportunity to show their work in the North and South Galleries at Art Intersection. In addition to the exhibition, prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, sponsored by Through Each Others Eyes, Best of Post-High School, sponsored by Tempe Camera and Best of High School, sponsored by local patrons Kelly and Dennis Collins. INFOCUS, the Photography Support Group of the Phoenix Art Museum, will award a Student Membership to each of the three winners.
About the Juror
Clare Benson is a photographer and interdisciplinary artist from the United States. Her work has been exhibited and screened throughout the US and internationally. In 2014/2015, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in northern Sweden at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics. Other recent awards include the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, PDN Emerging Photographer, and the Joyce Elaine Grant Solo Show Award.
Benson earned her MFA at University of Arizona in Tucson, and her BFA at Central Michigan University.
I can vividly remember the first photograph I made as a student. Armed with a pinhole camera that I had painted and taped and pin-pricked, I went outside, behind the art building, where sculpture students had their foundry and kilns and scrap materials. There was a plain wooden classroom chair, weathered from rain and sun, that I dragged to the center of the asphalt floor, imagining that it might speak as a symbol of absence and isolation, in the midst of this surreal industrial-looking space. I kneeled to the ground, pulling the piece of electrical tape that covered the aperture of my shoe box camera. I stared into this seemingly simple scene, hoping to absorb the moment in the same way that I understood the camera might. Light and darkness danced through a tiny window and onto the back wall of that miniature room. In the developing tray, I watched an image slowly appear, like a backward-fading memory, or something from a dream. The midday sky was black as night. The shadow of the chair glowed like the sun through thin overcast clouds. The entire space stretched out its long arms, pulling toward the sides of the page, blurring at the very ends, from the frayed edges of aluminum foil. Even when converted to a positive image, the world in this photograph looked nothing like the world that I had seen, but everything like the one that I had felt.
As photographers, and especially as photography students, we are constantly learning to re-see the world, using different techniques, processes, perspectives, and formats. In jurying this exhibition, I searched for moments of surprise and newness, which I remember so well from my years of studying photography. I looked at these images as stripped down fragments—concept, craft, and exploration—all existing on separate planes. Each is developed through learning and practice; sometimes all together, and sometimes in different stages. Some works display elements of all three, while some push farther into one than another, but all of them speak to processes of discovery, and the development of one’s voice as an image-maker.
I am impressed with the caliber and boldness of work by all of the Arizona students who submitted images for this exhibition, and I am grateful for the opportunity to see the world through so many different lenses; grateful to be reminded of the time, long ago, that my own world became animated with new life inside a light-tight shoe box.
Emerge 2017 Sponsors
Thank you to the sponsors of this Emerge exhibition for their support of emerging Arizona student photographers. The acknowledgement of quality and the experience gained when participating in a juried exhibition can vault an emerging photographer to reach their next level of photography.
Overall Best in Show Sponsor Through Each Others Eyes
Thank you to Through Each Others Eyes for sponsoring the Best in Show prize. Through Each Others Eyes develops exchanges with photographers in other countries for the purpose of documenting photographically a new culture from the viewpoint of an outsider.
Best of Post-High School Sponsor Tempe Camera
We thank Tempe Camera for their sponsorship of the Post High School prize. Tempe Camera is an important part of the Arizona photography community and they demonstrate their commitment to emerging photographers through their ongoing support of educational programs.
Best of High School Dennis and Kelly Collins
Thank you to Dennis and Kelly Collins, both artists and patrons of the arts, for their generous gift.
“After quitting school at sixteen, it wasn’t until I returned for my Bachelors in Fine Arts at forty-five that I realized how important the education I had missed was. I hope this small gift is the catalyst and encouragement for a young artist to pursue their education and passion for their art.” – Dennis Collins
Award to Each Best in Show Artist INFOCUS
INFOCUS, a vibrant support organization of Phoenix Art Museum (PAM), is composed of people actively interested in photography as a dynamic art form. Photographers, collectors, and photography enthusiasts working together enable INFOCUS to provide a high-quality forum for the study, display and production of fine art photographs. A Student Membership will be awarded to each of the three artists receiving a Best in Show award.